Successful ankle arthroscopy gets local patient back on her feet

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Successful ankle arthroscopy gets local patient back on her feet
Coastal Orthopedics’ ankle surgeon, Ross Taylor, M.D., performs advanced arthroscopic procedure

CONWAY, S.C. (June 2013) – Multiple ankle sprains and running injuries left one local patient in debilitating pain for nearly six years, but now she is finally back on her feet—even completing two half marathons—thanks to Coastal Orthopedics’ foot and ankle surgeon, Ross Taylor, M.D.

Fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Taylor performed a unique arthroscopy, cartilage reconstruction and tarsal coalition procedure on 28-year-old Rebekah Aitken’s right ankle in 2006.

“Rebekah’s condition was unique because she was suffering from an abnormal tarsal bone fusion in addition to a cartilage lesion,” Dr. Taylor says. “An abnormal fusion, which is undetectable on an MRI, is present in about 1% of people, but only causes symptoms in about half of those affected.”

Following surgery, Aitken returned to walking within 10 days and was running, walking up and down stairs and hiking with no pain in two months.

“The procedure gave me my life back,” Aitken says. “I went from being told I’d never run again to completing two half marathons.”

For more information on treating ankle injuries or to schedule an appointment, call Coastal Orthopedics at (843) 347-7222.

As one of the longest established orthopedic practices in the Grand Strand area, the awarded doctors at Coastal Orthopedics are experts in orthopedic care. The highly trained physicians are devoted to providing specialized care for nearly all bone, joint and muscle injuries and conditions of the body including: spine, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, hip and knee, and foot and ankle. In addition to providing compassionate care, the specialists are committed to helping patients return to their active lifestyles. Coastal Orthopedics proudly serves as the team physicians for Conway High School, Carolina Forest High School and Aynor High School. For more information regarding Coastal Orthopedics and its specialists, visit